Listen • Speak • Engage
San José State U
Section 01, Spring 2010
Beth Von Till
Tu, Th 1:30-2:45
Upper division standing
Application of current theory and research to develop communications skills within larger global and
ethical issues across a range of professional and workplace contexts, including interviews, oral reports,
persuasive presentations, group meetings, and mediated public speaking.
Succeeding in a Four-Unit Course
At SJSU, students are expected to spend two hours outside of class for every one hour of class time.
Because this is a four-unit class, you can expect to spend a minimum of eight hours per week in addition
to time spent in class and on scheduled tutorials or activities. Special projects or assignments may require
additional work for the course. Careful time management will help you keep up with readings and
assignments and enable you to be successful in all of your courses. This year, the Comm department is
focusing on writing skills as part of encouraging the successful application of communication skills.
You should strive for five qualities in your writing:
(1) your writing should be COMPELLING (i.e., it
should articulate a claim, make a point, be purposeful), (2) your writing should be COMPLETE (i.e., it
should address all aspects of the assignment, it should be sufficiently developed), (3) your writing should
be COHERENT (i.e., your argument should logically progress from one paragraph to the next), (4) your
writing should be CONCISE (i.e., it should be richly developed, but not meandering or repetitive), and (5)
your writing should be CORRECT (i.e., it should be free of grammatical, typographical and source
citation errors, as well as fallacious reasoning).
I will look to these five criteria as I read and respond to
your written work in this course
Copies of the course syllabus and major assignment sheets may be found on the class site
This course is part of the pilot use of Desire 2 Learn, a new learning management system. You are
responsible for regularly checking messages sent via Blackboard. The announcement page will be used
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